In this article we're going to discuss one of the most important parts of providing daycare for your child and that's your child's nutritional needs.
Out of sight, out of mind is a common philosophy among people. So if a parent ships his child off to daycare and doesn't see what he's eating or not eating then it's okay. Certainly the daycare center is not going to let the child starve and the food the child is given to eat will certainly be good food. Right?
Well, not always. Unfortunately a daycare center's food value is often dictated by its food budget. In most cases daycare centers are poorly funded. Most of the money goes to paying the workers themselves. Then there is the overhead. This leaves very little for food. As a matter of fact, many daycare centers have no food budget at all.
So, what is a parent to do?
For starters, you have to find out exactly what the center's food budget is. They may not give you exact dollar amounts, as they may not even know this figure, but they should be able to tell you what foods they can and can't get. This will give you a good idea of what part of your child's nutrition will be taken care of by the center and what part you will have to take care of yourself.
That brings us to the next problem. Some daycare centers do not allow food to be brought in from the outside. Many times this can be because of certain health codes that they have to enforce. In these cases only food that the centers are authorized to have will be allowed at the center. This is why knowing what the center will be feeding your child is so important.
What a parent really needs to know is exactly what good nutrition for their child is. Unfortunately not all parents are great roll models for good nutrition. Many people in this country (the United States) are either overweight or malnourished. Depending on these people to know what's good for their child is like expecting a foot doctor to disarm a nuclear warhead. Probably not a good idea.
So the first thing the parent should do is consult with a nutritionist to design a diet for the child based on the child's needs. After this is done, find out which of these foods, if any, the daycare center itself provides. If only some, or worse, none, then find out if you can provide the center with the food it needs to feed your child properly. If this is not allowed then maybe you need to rethink whether or not you want to send your child there.
Why such a fuss about nutrition? Simple. Plenty of studies have proven conclusively that a child's progress and health are directly related to how well the child eats. So if you can't be around to take care of your child and still want him to grow up healthy and strong, then make sure the daycare center is providing him with the food he needs to be healthy or find yourself another center. Your child's health depends on it.